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September holidays in Tenerife

Are you going to spend your September holidays in Tenerife? We welcome you to an island full of adventures, where you and your family can fill your album with memories for a lifetime. Will you join us?

Cosmopolitan cities with their own identityPuerto de la Cruz Vacaciones de septiembre en Tenerife

Who doesn’t like to discover unique places? Puerto de la Cruz combines the modernity of an open-air museum, Puerto Street Art, with the identity of a city that has not lost its peculiarities.

Stroll through the La Ranilla neighborhood with its murals, take a dip in the Atlantic ocean at the beautiful beaches of San Telmo and Playa Jardín, or relax in idyllic surroundings such as Lago Martiánez. Puerto de la Cruz is a miniature universe with a small treasure on every corner.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Vacaciones de Septiembre

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, avant-garde and history takes you to places such as the Guimerá Theatre, the oldest theatre in the Canary Islands, or the Tenerife Auditorium, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, which is part of the city’s landmark.

The capital of the Island is fortunate to host one of our visitors’ favourite beaches, Las Teresitas, as well as the César Manrique Maritime Park, a large swimming pool complex in the shade of El Palmetum, the largest collection of tropical palm trees in Europe. No matter what you choose, we assure you that in Santa Cruz you can find a place you will always want to return to.

Rural getaways in Tenerife – get to know the villages and hamlets

Masca Tenerife Vacaciones

If you are looking for a rural getaway, we can also give you some recommendations. In Tenerife you won’t get tired of seeing all the different places!

One of the most famous places is the hamlet Masca in Buenavista del Norte. It is framed in a spectacular setting, in the shadow of an imposing rock. It is one of the most popular places in the Teno Rural Park, where you can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also try local food.

Taganana Santa Cruz de Tenerife

In the northeast of the island you will find Taganana. You look from above on countless white houses, which meander to the coast.  If you are looking for breathtaking views, then you must visit the viewpoint El Bailadero. We assure you that the trip is worthwhile.

Parque Rural de Teno Tenerife

Do you want to see Los Gigantes as you have never seen the cliffs before, maybe even a beautiful panorama of our neighbor island La Gomera? Punta de Teno is our recommendation for a very different perspective.

Tenerife nature routes

Now that we’ve presented you to the towns and hamlets of Tenerife, how about submerging into the most curious and most spectacular nature of our island?

Tenerife – whale sanctuary

Delfines en Tenerife

One of the favourite activities by our visitors is whale watching. If you want to explore the southwest coast of Tenerife and admire these beautiful animals, remember to embark with one of the companies of the Sustainability Charter. You will ensure a respectful experience with the environment, as well as the guidance of the best professionals.

A charming valley

Valle de la Orotava

Finally, the north of Tenerife deserves part of your time on the island. Small municipalities, each with its own magic, populate the entire Orotava Valley. If you continue your journey to the northwest you will find some natural wonders such as The Millenary Dragon Tree, the oldest in the whole archipelago.

Cueva del Viento Tenerife

Among these wonders we must also highlight the Cueva del Viento, the largest volcanic tube in Europe. You can do guided tours to discover the underground of Tenerife.

A wonderful September is waiting for you on our island. So, what are you waiting for?

The best windsurfers of the world in El Médano at the PWA World Cup Tenerife

The best windsurfers in the world have once again tamed the waves and wind on the beach of El Cabezo (El Médano). Almost 100 participants from 20 different countries have gathered at the PWA World Cup Tenerife to compete in the men, women and junior categories.

PWA World Cup Tenerife, the ninth windsurfing world champions cup in Tenerife

PWA Tenerife campeon mejor windsurf

For the ninth time in a row, the PWA World Cup Tenerife has established itself as an essential event for windsurfers from all over the world. In the men’s category stand out names such as Ricardo Campello, Philip Köster, Jaeger Stone, Víctor Fernández and Alex Mussolini.

In the women’s category, Iballa Moreno, Justyna Sniady, Sarah-Quita and Lina Erpenstein performed very well. The event was broadcast live on the official website of the PWA World Cup as well as on the different social media of the championship. In the YouTube channel, you can watch the summary videos of each day with the best moments.

The winners of the PWA World Cup Tenerife 2019

Podium PWA Tenerife 2019

After several intense competition days, the winners of the waves and the wind were determined.

In the men’s category, the Australian Jaeger Stone beat the former champion Victor Fernandez. Stone achieved his best performance in the finals, his first victory in a PWA event. The German Philipp Köster was able to reach the third place after competing against the Venezuelan Ricardo Campello.

PWA Tenerife Ganadores Mejor Windsurf

On the women’s podium, Spaniard Iballa Ruano secured the highest rank against Polish Justyna Sniady. This victory consolidates. This victory consolidates Iballa as a brand new PWA Tenerife champion for the fourth time in a row. In the battle for third position competed Sarah-Quita Offringa and Lina Erpenstein. The sporting duel was won by Sarah-Quita Offringa.

The juniors were also able to compete and show what the future of windsurfing holds for us. Alexia Kiefer Santana, Julia Pasquale in the U17 category and Mar de Arce Sánchez in the U20 category won the U15 women’s competition.

Carlos Kiefer Santana can be very proud of his triumph in the men’s U13 category. Also the Japanese Hayata Ishii reached in the category U15 and Liam Dunkerbeck in the category U17 the winners podium. In the U20, the victory finally went to Mariano Gil from Gran Canaria.

El Médano, an ideal place for windsurfing

Sarah Quita PWA Tenerife 2019

Tenerife has several ideal places for windsurfing. The beach of El Cabezo, where the PWA World Cup Tenerife was held, is one of the most popular places to practise this sport on the island, but also one of the most demanding in terms of technical level. Luckily, there are several windsurfing centres where you can not only rent equipment, but also receive training classes to learn how to master the board.

What are you waiting for? In Tenerife you have a sports universe at your fingertips.

The best theme parks in Tenerife for a memorable summer with your family

If you are looking for fun in summer, the best theme parks in Tenerife can be the answer to to an exciting day with the family. You don’t know them? Would you like to get to know them all? Don’t worry, we will guide you through the authentic summer oases:

Siam Park

Siam Park Siam Nights Mejores Parques Temáticos de Tenerife

Six years in a row, the world’s best water park, make Siam Park an almost obligatory stop on your holiday in Tenerife. Decorated with Thai inspiration and with attractions ranging from dizzying slides to artificial waves up to 3 metres, it is a visit that is fun for both children and adults.

This summer you should not miss the Siam Nights and get to know the best water park in the world when the sun goes down.

Loro Parque

Loro Parque Mejor Zoologico

Chosen as the best zoo in the world by Tripadvisor users, Loro Parque is a must visit. Home to more than 10,000 exotic animals and 500 species and subspecies of the entire planet, Loro Parque’s commitment to the environment extends beyond the site, with the protection and conservation of endangered species in different parts of the world.

The novelties of Loro Parque include: the pygmy hippos; a threatened species from West Africa; and the Zen garden; the world’s first Japanese underwater garden. Do you want to go on an expedition?

Aqualand Costa Adeje

Aqualand Costa Adeje Tenerife

Aqualand Costa Adeje is a unique combination of water park and dolphinarium. On the one hand, the Dolphinarium is cared for down to the smallest detail, with a protection programme for bottlenose dolphins that has already achieved 18 births within the facilities. In addition, its dolphin show has been recognised as the best in the world by the International Association of Marine Animal Trainers.

On the other hand, among its attractions we can find up to four different types:

Adrenalina, with exciting curves and slides such as “Tsunami” or “Cyclones”, each with a height of more than 21 metres.

KidzWorldwhere the little ones can play between docile dragons, water castles and pirate treasure islands.

Family Funwith a wave pool designed for the whole family.

Chill Out & Playwith a jacuzzi and a “Lava River” where you can relax, relieve tension and disconnect.

If you want to know more about Aqualand Costa Adeje, do not hesitate to visit its official website.

Forestal Park Tenerife

Forestal Park Tenerife

We now enter the forest, specifically in the Protected Landscape of Las Lagunetas, to discover a park at an altitude of over 1,400 metres: the Forestal Park.

With the longest zip lines of the Canary Islands, an adventure of more than two hours awaits you, climbing 30 metres above the ground or sliding along 230 metres in a single pass. If you fancy a special experience in nature, then this is the right excursion for you.

Karting Club Tenerife

Karting Club Tenerife

If you’re looking for adrenaline on four wheels then make a pit stop at Karting Club Tenerife. With the family or with friends, the two routes delight both the youngest (with two-seater karts or adjusted to their age) as well as the adults. The karts can reach up to 90 km / h.

If you are already thinking about organising your Grand Prix, you will find everything you need on their website.

Parque Etnográfico Pirámides de Güímar

Piramides de Guimar Tenerife

The ethnographic park Pirámides de Güímar offers 64,000 square meters of various areas and exhibitions. Its main attraction is the Pyramids of Güímar, pyramid structures, which are aligned with the sun and offer on special occasions astronomical shows such as a double sunset during the summer solstice.

In addition to the pyramids themselves you can visit the poisonous and sustainable gardens, as well as an exhibition dedicated to navigation through the Pacific Ocean and Polynesia. If you want, you can have a small virtual preview of everything that awaits you.

Parque Las Águilas-Jungle Park

Las Aguilas Jungle Park Tenerife

Botanical park and zoo at the same time, in Jungle Park you can find from exotic birds such as swans or flamingos to meerkats, crocodiles or even jaguars.

To its wide repertoire of species you have to add its unique shows, ranging from sea lions and birds of prey to shows with pirates that will make you laugh and enjoy your experience in the jungle. Are you coming?

Now you have a lot to choose from! Do not doubt that a summer full of fun awaits you in Tenerife.

The top summer events 2019 in Tenerife

There are events in Tenerife that you should not miss if you spend your summer vacation 2019 on the Island: from numerous concerts to theatre or extreme sports. Check them out!

Minimal Summer 2019

Minimal Summer

It is one of the summer events that stands out for its mix of the best Latin music with the most avant-garde electronics. It will be held at Magma Arte & Congresos on July 27th, and promises, in addition to good music, an area with food trucks, swimming pools and a “Minimal Market” with artists that will add a different touch to this original Summer appointment.

Roger Hodgson Supertramp’s

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the album “Breakfast in America,” singer and songwriter Roger Hodgson visits the Island to celebrate one of the greatest hits in rock history. You can revive mythical songs like “Take The Long Way Home” or “The Logical Song”. The event will take place on July 27th in the sports pavilion of Tenerife Santiago Martín.

VIII Gastronomic tasting of “Papa Bonita” (beautiful potato)

Muestra Gastronomica de la papa

If you love gastronomy and want to discover little culinary treasures, then the Papa Bonita Gastronomic Fair should be a must in your calendar. The northern municipality of Los Realejos will be the scene of tastings with activities and exhibitions around the “beautiful potato”. Remember the date: Saturday, July 27th at the Plaza de San Agustín.

XX Summer Storytelling Festival

XX Festival de Cuento

El Sauzal celebrates the 20th Summer Storytelling Festival “Verano de cuento” to which lovers of narration and artistic interpretation are invited. It takes place every Friday from July 19th to August 30th at the Plaza de San Pedro. Admission is free and, along with the festival, a micro-story contest will also be held.

PWA Windsurf World Cup 2019

Windsurf El Médano Deporte en Tenerife

Tenerife will be a paradise for windsurfing enthusiasts again from August 5th to 11th. At the PWA Windsurf World Cup 2019 the top athletes of this discipline will meet in El Medano. The unique wind and wave conditions make this cove a favourite spot for windsurfers with impressive jumps several metres high.

Sunblast 2019

Sunblast 2019

The best of electronic music this summer with DJ greats like Orishas or Steve Aoki will sound on five stages at the Costa Adeje golf course. The seventh edition of this huge festival starts on the August 10th.

Phe Festival 2019

Phe Festival Eventos en Tenerife

Even the best of alternative music has its space in Tenerife, specifically in Puerto de la Cruz, where Phe Festival will not only offer great musical acts but is also a location for fashion, gastronomy, cinema or innovation.

The key dates: August 23rd and 24th, when the outstanding performances will take place. Although you can visit other spaces such as Phe Gallery in the Castillo de San Felipe from August 2nd.

Now you have a few varied events to choose from! Do not forget to visit our events calendar to stay up to date on the latest news and important events in Tenerife.

What do you need to observe stars in Tenerife?

You have already decided to explore the galaxy from our island. Now you may wonder what exactly you will need to observe stars in Tenerife. In this article we summarise everything you need to become a true galactic hunter.

What do I need for stargazing in Tenerife?

Depending on the experience you would like to gain, you may need either basic or professional equipment. With a few simple binoculars (with tripod is better, although it is not necessary) you can clearly observe the night sky. If you want a more immersive experience, you can also use a telescope and shelp you from a celestial map to look for the constellations seen from Tenerife.

Observar estrellas en Tenerife, Teide

Keep in mind that nocturnal observation generally takes place in places with higher altitudes such as the Teide National Park. Take a coat or a jacket and a thermos with a hot drink with you. You can also bring a smartphone or laptop with you to seek information on the one hand and get enough light on the other hand to walk safely in the dark. Talking about darkness, for stargazing you need the maximum possible darkness.

If you have no equipment, no problem. There are several companies that rent equipment or organise activities so you can enjoy the night sky without worries.

Estrellas en Tenerife

Are permissions necessary to observe stars in Tenerife?

If the area where you are going to observe stars is protected or belongs to a protected natural environment you should consult before if permits are necessary. If you have any doubts, the best idea is to contact a specialised company.

When do stargazing in Tenerife?

Tenerife has various certifications such as starlight destination and starlight reserve, recognising sites such as Teide or the summits of Tenerife as ideal places for stargazing. This proves the quality of the island’s skies, as well as the infrastructure to enjoy it.

In addition, the mild climate of the island and the high number of observation hours make the island an ideal destination for astronomy enthusiasts all year round.

Cielo del Teide con Estrellas

When to watch the star showers in Tenerife?

One of the main astronomical events that can be observed from the earth are the well-known star showers. Fortunately, in Tenerife we ​​can enjoy many of them like the Quadrantids, Perseids, Leonids or Geminids. It is also possible to see other phenomena such as the eclipses of the moon and the sun, as well as the passage of the International Space Station.

If you are in Tenerife next August 12th, 2019 or December 14th, 2019, do not miss the Perseids and Geminids. If you are not on the island, do not worry, you can follow the live broadcast from the Teide National Park.

Basic tips to see stars in Tenerife

When it comes to observing stars, it is important to take into account some basic considerations so that your experience is as complete as possible.

 

Ver estrellas en Tenerife en pareja

The first logical recommendation is to move away from any important source of light, such as cities or major roads. It is also advisable to avoid full moon nights, as they can hinder you with their own light.

The human being needs a time of adaptation to the darkness of between 15 and 30 minutes approximately, so if you carry a flashlight or some other light source try to cover it with a red band to reduce the intensity of it. Use it only to read stellar maps or at certain moments to avoid possible glare and wait a quarter of an hour for the eye to adapt again to the darkness.

Now you have everything you need to be a true star hunter! It’s time to take the step and visit Tenerife.

 

The best places to stargaze in Tenerife

There are many places to observe stars in Tenerife. In fact, Granadilla de Abona and Mount Teide are recognised as Starlight tourist destinations, which certify the quality of their starry skies. Do you want to know which are the best places to observe stars in Tenerife? We tell you below:

Mountains of Guajara

Donde observar estrellas en Tenerife

To reach this place, you first have to walk along the Degollada de Guajara path to get to Alto de Guajara. The first section takes about an hour and the final stretch can be reached in another hour and a half.

The impressive panoramas of Mount Teide reward the effort and the Guajara Mountains are the third highest point in the National Park, with 2,715 metres of height.

Here the astronomer Jean Mascart made some observations of the comet Halley in 1910. For this purpose, he built a hut and some remnants are still on the top of the path.

Parador and surroundings

Parador de Turismo Teide

If you prefer a simpler place to access and do not want to go for a long hike, you can try the Parador de Turismo Las Cañadas and its surroundings. In fact, the hostel itself can serve as a base camp and location for planning your excursions to the stars.

There is ample parking and the opportunity to visit nearby places for stargazing such as the viewpoint La Ruleta or the Roques de García. Did you know that on Mount Teide there are many viewpoints (miradores) from which you can take a look into space?

Roques de Garcia Noche

Viewpoints of El Teide for stargazing

In the Teide National Park there are many viewpoints, like the one mentioned before La Ruleta. The viewpoints are located in strategic areas of the park, with good visibility and a higher level, which makes them ideal for stopping to gaze into the cosmos.

Some of the best viewpoints to observe stars are:

Mirador del Llano de Ucanca

Mirador Llano de Ucanca

This viewpoint, located at the foot of the TF-21 road, offers magnificent views of the Teide. The great plain that gives it its name makes it an ideal place to stop and enjoy the immensity that surrounds you.

Mirador del Tabonal Negro

Mirador Tabonal Negro

Here we will turn our backs on the Teide for an impressive view of the Guajara Mountains. This viewpoint is especially frequented during the daytime when the Teide bugloss is in bloom, but at dusk it is a great meeting point to watch the night sky. It is also on the side of the TF-21 road and has a small parking lot.

Mirador de La Ruleta

Mirador de La Ruleta

Located right next to the Roques de García, this viewpoint offers plenty of space to set up your telescope and observe both the Teide in all its splendor and the rock formation of La Fortaleza and its surroundings.

Izaña

In this mountainous enclave, at over 2,000 metres, is the Teide Observatory, part of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, which houses telescopes and instruments from up to 60 institutions from 19 different countries.

If you are interested in astronomy and want to know more about the work of the scientists, you can even take part in one of the many astronomical experiences that Tenerife offers you.

Now that you know which are the best places for stargazing, all you have to do is gather your team, prepare your camera and telescope and launch yourself into the adventure of discovering the cosmos in one of the best places in the world.

Hiking for beginners in Tenerife – quick guide

With more than 1,000 kilometres of trails, hiking in Tenerife is the best option for exploring the island’s nature on foot. In addition, every year, hikers from all over the world come together to celebrate the Tenerife Walking Festival – a fantastic opportunity to participate in a great hiking event and get to know Tenerife in a different way. But if you want to hike on your own and do not know where to start? Then read on carefully, because in this blog post we give you some tips that will be very useful.

When can you go hiking in Tenerife?

Senderismo en Tenerife para novatos

In Tenerife, our climate allows you to go hiking all year round, except when snowfalls prevent access to the Teide trails in winter. On some days the bad weather can affect the condition of the trails. For this reason, it is important to always consult the weather forecast before setting out on the route, and to stay well informed about the paths ask the tourist information offices and visitor centres.

What do you need for hiking in Tenerife?

As in other sports, hiking requires having adequate equipment, although the difficulty is always the path itself. The essential equipment is good hiking boots and a backpack where you should put water, food and warm clothes, as well as a hat if you need it.

Que necesitas para hacer senderismo en Tenerife

It is also advisable to take trekking poles if you are planning longer trips or you simply feel safer with them. You should also have a well-charged mobile phone, although there is no signal in many areas. But it can be useful if you pre-download maps or use specific trail apps.

Permits

In Tenerife there are several protected nature reserves and natural landscapes, so you will need a permit for them in order to use their trails. But do not worry because in the tourist information offices you get all the necessary information.

Senderismo Tenerife Teide

To access the Teide peak it is necessary to ask for a permit on the official website of National Parks, although remember that if you spend the night at the Altavista refuge and get on the peak before 9 in the morning, it is not necessary to ask for permission.

Hiking trails for beginners in Tenerife

You feel like exploring the trails of the island, but do not know yet which routes you should choose, then we recommend you to start with a low level of difficulty.

Way of the senses

It is located in the Anaga Mountains and is a very special path, as it encourages you to discover the nature of this unique environment by smelling, touching and seeing. It is divided into 3 different sections, the first is wheelchair accessible, while the third covers the previous two and leads to the viewpoint Mirador del Llano de los Loros.

Samarines, exploring the coast of Candelaria

Samarines Candelaria Tenerife

If you want to explore the volcanic coast of the island, this small trail of only 2 kilometres is ideal. Part of the Basilica of Candelaria, as well as beaches, cliffs, native flora and other landscapes can be seen on the route, which incidentally was used in pre-Hispanic times by the indigenous people, the Guanches. It is a round trip, so you can discover the things that you might not have notised on your first trip.

Monte del Agua

Monte del Agua Tenerife

To discover the landscapes in the northwest of Tenerife, you can choose the path known as “Monte de Agua”, which leads you to the hamlet of El Palmar. There are two options for the tour: the first takes you through Las Huertas and the second through Las Lagunetas. Both take about an hour and, to reach their starting point, you have to cross part of the trail between Erjos and Las Portelas.

Tenerife Walking Festival, the next step

Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

If you’re ready to take the plunge and live an authentic hiking experience, the Tenerife Walking Festival is your event. Every year in late May, adventurers from all over the world gather on our island to explore the best trails. Join us next time!

Top 10 Trails of Tenerife – the best routes

Sometimes it is really difficult to decide which hikes to do in Tenerife. The impressive coastal landscape, its legendary volcanoes, its lush forests… There is a huge selection! For this reason, we have put together the top 10 hiking trails in Tenerife in this blog post. Get to know some of the best routes of the island.

Alto de Guajara

Alto de Guajara Tenerife

This path takes you on a continuous ascent through some of the most curious places on Mount Teide. The hike starts in Degollada de Guajara and takes you to Alto de Guajara at 2,715 meters. During the ascent you can see the southern slope of the island as well as the rest of the islands of the archipelago.

Montaña Blanca – Pico del Teide

Montaña Blanca

This hike is one of the hardest and most rewarding trails at the same time in the Teide National Park. Its difficulty is high and it takes about five hours to complete it. The beginning is the Montaña Blanca path, which leads you almost to the top of Mount Teide (only 200 metres from the summit). When you arrive at the viewpoint Mirador de la Fortaleza, you can see the entire northern slope of Tenerife.

If you want to climb the highest summit of Spain, you need a special permit for the last 200 metres to Mount Teide. You can also stay at the Altavista refuge and, if you get up early enough, even see one of the most beautiful sunrises.

Malpaís de Güímar

Malpaís de Güímar

Contrasts of volcanic rocks and the blue sea await you on this path that runs through the Natural Reserve of Malpaís de Güímar. It is a circular walk, so the beginning and the end are the same, which makes the route easier. On the path you can see some of the endemic species of the archipelago, such as spurge, cardons or tabaibas.

Cruz del Carmen – Punta del Hidalgo

Cruz del Carmen - Punta del Hidalgo

Start the hike in the green forests of Anaga until you reach the rugged coast of Punta del Hidalgo… That’s the challenge of the 10-kilometre Cruz del Carmen – Punta del Hidalgo trail, which takes about four hours. On the way you will find interesting landscapes, such as the laurel forest to more rural areas or small hamlets such as Chinamada.

Siete Cañadas

Siete Cañadas Tenerife

This is a particularly beautiful trail at night. In June, the blue bugloss flowers first, and later the red bugloss of Mount Teide. The hike can be easily connected with public transport, both at the beginning and at the end. Therefore, it is advisable to check the timetables in advance, bearing in mind that the total distance takes about four and a half hours.

San José de los Llanos – Montaña Chinyero

Chinyero

It is a low difficulty trail and just under 4 kilometres. The path runs through pine forests and volcanic landscapes typical of the Chinyero area. Chinyero is the last volcano that erupted on Tenerife, more than a century ago. So it’s a great opportunity to explore the island’s recent volcanic history.

Los Silos – Cuevas Negras – Erjos

Los Silos Tenerife

On this hike, which begins in the village of Erjos, you discover the natural wonders of the northwestern tip of Tenerife. Formerly this was a royal road that connected the coast of Los Silos with the summit of the Valle de Santiago, so some of its sections are paved.

Los Silos – Talavera – El Palmar

El Palmar

With destination El Palmar we leave Los Silos and walk surrounded by the native flora, which mixes with the agricultural landscape. If you want unforgettable views of Isla Baja, this is your route.

Vilaflor – Paisaje Lunar – Vilaflor

Paisaje Lunar

Did you know that in Tenerife you can travel to the Moon through one of its trails? On this hike, which begins in the village of Vilaflor, you walk through the so-called “Lunar Landscape” in the municipality of Granadilla. In addition to the unique rock formation, you can also enjoy magnificent views of the summit during the hike.

Afur – Taganana – Afur

Afur

Our top 10 list closes this trail, which leads through the beauty of the hamlets and the north coast of Tenerife. You can visit places like Taganana or Afur as well as remote areas of Tenerife such as the Tamadite beach.

These are just a few examples of all the trails that await you in Tenerife. Which is your favorite hiking route on the island?

Romerías in Tenerife – calendar, history and tradition

The pilgrimages, called romerías, of Tenerife are certainly the highest expression of Canarian idiosyncrasy. People dressed in traditional costumes (many hand-woven and embroidered) accompany ox carts decorated with great attention to detail, distributing traditional delicacies to all passers-by. Music in each corner, sounds created by unique instruments of the Canaries… Join us!

Origin of the pilgrimages in Tenerife

The romerías arise from religious pilgrimages, made first to Rome (hence the term “romería”). But then they brought it to each municipality making the pilgrimage towards the church or Saint.

In Tenerife, the oldest celebration not only of the Island but of the entire archipelago is the “Romería del Socorro”. It is celebrated in the municipality Güímar in September and comes from the Guanche era. When the aborigines found the Virgin of Candelaria, the Mencey (King) Acaymo decided to carry the statue and had to ask for help, as it was not transportable because of its weight.

Romería de Tenerife Socorro Guimar

Today the pilgrimages have evolved to be an effusive expression of the Canarian people. Chácaras (percussion musical instrument), carts, traditional dresses and typical dishes mark the beat of any celebration, to which the locals usually decorate their balconies with elements and pennants.

Romerías in Tenerife of special tourist interest

On our island there are an infinity of pilgrimages, each with its own character and identity. However, some of our celebrations stand out and have been awarded the title “Fiestas of National Tourist Interest”. These are for example: the Fiesta de las Cruces and Fuegos de Mayo in Los Realejos (although this is not a pilgrimage) and the Octava del Corpus and Romería of San Isidro in La Orotava.

Romeria La Orotava

Other noteworthy romerías of the island are: the Romería of San Isidro Labrador (in Los Realejos), the Romería of San Agustín, the Romería of San Roque, the Romería of San Benito Abad and the Romería of the district La Florida, which premiered this year the distinctive “Fiesta of Regional Tourist Interest”.

Pilgrimage calendar of Tenerife 2019

In May starts the romería season on the island. Most of these festivals take place until September, although they are celebrated all year round. If you are looking for a complete calendar of pilgrimages in 2019, Casa de los Balcones has created an updated calendar with all the important dates and celebrations, although here we summarise the most important festivals:

Romería of San Marcos in Tegueste

The event will be celebrated this year on Sunday, May 5th. It is one of the most popular romerías in Tenerife. Thousands of locals and visitors come together to see the famous carts that populate the streets of Tegueste. Last year 80,000 people participated in the romería.

Romeria San Marcos

Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador in Los Realejos

Since the seventeenth century, this festival is celebrated in the municipality of Los Realejos. Documents from 1676 confirm that the peasants worshiped the saintly figure of San Isidro Labrador. Nowadays, the event is a “Fiesta of National Tourist Interest” and a very special day for the locals. This year it will be celebrated on June 2nd from 12:00 pm in the Parich of the Apostle Santiago.

Romeria San Isidro Labrador

Pilgrimage of San Isidro in La Orotava

84 carts crowned one of Tenerife’s most multitudinous pilgrimages last year. This year, the “Fiesta of National Tourist Interest” will also be celebrated on June 30th. In addition, it celebrates 83 years of history paying homage to San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza.

Romeria San Isidro Tenerife

Pilgrimage of San Benito Abad in La Laguna

On July 14th, one of the most important festivals will take place in the municipality of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the pilgrimage of San Benito Abad in La Laguna. Around 43,000 people gathered at this popular celebration last year. In total, more than 55 carts participated, demonstrating their status as a “Festival of National Tourist Interest”.

Romeria La Laguna

There are many more events, but that would go beyond this blog post. Therefore, do not forget to check our calendar to be informed about all news and events.